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The 2015 Call-on Congress Scholarship Fund

The 2015 Call-on Congress Scholarship Fund

In 2013, Fight Colorectal Cancer introduced something new; a Call-on Congress Scholarship Fund. Thanks to survivor and longtime advocate Liz Dennis, five new warriors joined us on the Hill that year. The passion that was shown by our newbies tugged on the hearts of everyone, and the necessity to continue this program was felt by all. With the generosity of two couples, Chad and Sheila Schrack and Eric and Rose Hausmann, funds from their hometown fundraisers were added to the scholarship program. Because of these efforts, in 2014 Fight Colorectal Cancer was able to double our scholarship recipients, and 10 new warriors joined us on the Hill.  “I was accompanied

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Meet the One Million Strong – Chris Heffelbower

Publicly Sharing My Battle, by Chris Heffelbower Being diagnosed with colon cancer is a lonely and isolating experience…until you find other awesome and fabulous survivors. My first reaction when I learned that I had colon cancer was: “a 37 year-old doesn’t get colon cancer.”  I felt embarrassed that I had a cancer involving my bowels.  There was a brief time when I considered not telling anyone that I had colon cancer or keeping it as private as possible. Instead, I decided to publicly share my battle.  I maintained a Caringbridge site and shared my story with family, friends and neighbors.  It was silly to think that I could keep my

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Emily’s Thank You to our Grassroots Action Committee

by Emily White, Advocacy Manager At Fight Colorectal Cancer, maybe our mantra should be “it takes a village to grow a movement.” We couldn’t do what we do without the support of committed volunteers and advocates across the country. At the core of Fight Colorectal Cancer is our Grassroots Action Committee (GAC). Members of the GAC are a vital part of the planning and execution of every event and program at Fight CRC. In many cases, we refer to them as our “pulse check.” They represent advocates from across the country, they remind us of our core values and their opinions are highly valued. This special group of eight to

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Advocates… Will You Be Our Valentine?

Today we want to tell our advocates how much we LOVE you. Check out which candy heart messages our staff and some of our board members would give each of you… VANESSA KURTZER – ANSWER LINE ASSOCIATE The word I give our advocates is “Hero.” NANCY ROACH – FOUNDER & CHAIR OF THE BOARD The word I give our advocates is “Gratitude.”   The thing that I think when I see what our advocates are doing is GRATITUDE.  APPRECIATION.  THANKFULNESS.  I’m very proud that we’ve given our advocates a way to speak out and act PRODUCTIVELY – they aren’t just ranting and raving but they’re actually doing things that make a difference. 

Saying Goodbyes

As long as we live, they too will live;
 for they are now a part of us, as we remember them. (Excerpt from the poem, “We Remember Them” – Author Unknown) The last two weeks have taken a toll on the colorectal cancer community. Many of us involved in colon and rectal cancer support knew and worked with Gloria Borges. She was respected and admired for her passion and inspiration to find a cure. She was an advocate. A fundraiser. A leader. And most importantly, a hero. It was her mission to find a cure and stop cancer in its tracks. She fought long and hard through the WunderGlo Foundation. Gloria

We’re Speaking Up For Colorectal Cancer With One Voice Against Cancer

Advocacy is in our blood here at Fight Colorectal Cancer. We host our annual grassroots event Call-on Congress in March but all year long we send advocates to Capitol Hill to advocate for colorectal cancer policy and medical research funding. Today, three of our advocates will be on The Hill with One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a collaboration of national non-profit organizations who advocate for increased cancer-related appropriations. Here’s who is representing Fight Colorectal Cancer: Josh Wimberly, Grassroots Action Committee Member and survivor Belle Piazza, Grassroots Action Committee Member and survivor Rochelle Joseph, survivor and advocate Dan Dixon, Ph.D., Co-Program Leader, Cancer Prevention, The University of Kansas Cancer Center Associate Professor, Department of

How 4 Young Survivors Changed the Call-on Congress

This year’s Call-on Congress introduced something new:  a scholarship fund. One survivor honoring her mother opened the door for three fellow colorectal cancer survivors to join our advocacy efforts. And what a great door they opened. Here are their stories and how they set a precedent for future Call-on Congress events. Finding Family Strength   We had the opportunity of meeting Joyce Anne Ware Longfellow, mother of colorectal cancer survivor Liz Dennis, at the 2012 Call-on Congress. Liz attended many previous Call-on Congress events and brought her mother last year. Both walked away determined to bring more people in 2013. Liz’s battle was not the first time her family had

Tuesday Recap | 2013 Call-on Congress

I’ve never served in the military but I can only imagine what soldiers go through the night before they leave for deployment or battle. Years of training and preparation lead up to the big day. It’s the military-version of starring on Broadway. It must feel similar to tonight – the hours before we hit the Hill during the Call-on Congress. The fight against colorectal cancer feels like war sometimes. Battle after battle (or doctor’s visits, scans, surgeries and procedures) create a war on many fronts… whether you’re the patient in the hospital bed or the loved one holding their hand. But after a day like today’s Call-on Congress, those of

Monday Recap | 2013 Call-on Congress

A small group of advocates from Virgina sat in a circle. Tasked with telling their stories, each took turns explaining what led them to the 2013 Call-on Congress. A girlfriend of a survivor who passed away several years ago kicked off with her story. Then two colorectal cancer survivors chimed in. A Fight Colorectal Cancer staff member explained what led her to taking a job at the organization. And then, the circle got quiet. As a young woman sitting next to me tried to speak, her eyes welled up and tears streamed down her face. Although she never managed to tell her story, we all knew she came in memory

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